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Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast – Mahinui

Oahu’s Windward Coast is 34 scenic miles extending from Kahuku Point in the north to Makapuu Point in the south.

The Windward Oahu region itself is unrivaled in its natural beauty and dramatic contrasts – from its pristine white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waters to the verdant vertical cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.

In 1972, Kuilima, now Turtle Bay, opened on coastal lands where the North Shore morphs into the Windward Coast. Mauka lands in the area have generally remained undeveloped, with the exception of ongoing projects of the Mormon Church.

The coast’s most prominent geographic feature, Mokapu Peninsula, site of one of Hawaii’s largest military installations, forms the southern boundary of Kaneohe Bay. Marine and oceanographic research facilities are located here, as well as at Makapuu to the south.

Residential properties along this coast range from country cottages to large estates, apartment buildings, townhomes, and condominiums. The area’s two largest communities, Kaneohe and Kailua, continue to grow, with real estate values surpassing price points for properties in some of southeast Oahu’s most upscale neighborhoods.

Clustered around the shores of Kaneohe Bay is a diversity of small neighborhoods. One of these, Mahinui, an older development, occupies a peninsula at the base of the bay. A 4,802 square foot waterfront property with a two-story single family home on the northern side of the peninsula is currently being offered by Nalu Realty owner/Realtor Brad Kaneshiro at $849,000.

“The real draw for potential buyers is the land zoned R-7.5 with its ocean frontage and views. The site also features old-growth trees and other lush foliage, plus fencing for privacy and space for a boat dock.

“Waterfront homes under $1 million are a rare find, especially in Kaneohe,” Kaneshiro said.

He noted that the two-story single-family home on the property is vacant, as the hollow-concrete and single-wall wood structure has become dilapidated. Consequently he advises interested parties to call him to arrange a personal tour.

The house includes 1,320 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and two bathrooms; flooring is hardwood and vinyl. A two-car garage is located at the top of the gently sloping property, off Old Kaneohe Bay Drive.

Close-by are schools, shopping centers, medical facilities, public parks and beaches, as well as access to the freeway, with downtown Honolulu just about 20 minutes away.

For a showing of this rare real estate opportunity along Kaneohe Bay’s oceanfront, call Kaneshiro at (808) 723-1698 or email

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